We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to its edge and look in. For it can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.
The New York City Department of Transportation is taking the current biking boom seriously! They're sponsoring two fun-sounding events in early August.
Art Ride: Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Public Arts Festival at Fort Tilden
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Metroppolitan Waterfront Association is once again holding its annual City of Water Day celebrating the water that surrounds and is essential to New York City. This year, the City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 10am-4pm, on Governors Island and in Maxwell Park in Hoboken. Thousands of people will participate in an array of fun and educational activities.
For more info, go to the City of Water Day website.
Naturally Curious leader Alicia Tait is offering another children's nature walk on the morning of Sunday, July 6th. If you haven't got plans for the whole holiday weekend, you might want to check it out.
This Naturally Curious walk will investigate the dark, damp universe beneath the forest floor. What lives under a rotting log or a patch of decaying leaves? Why are these microhabitats so important to the health of the park? Exploring this unseen world will be the guiding theme of Sunday's adventure.
Nature Walk Time: 9:30-11:30
New York state parks are offering a $5 per night discount off camping reservations through June 26th. We may not have many national parks here in the east, but New York has some of the nation’s largest and most beautiful state sarks.
I decided that since we didn't go camping this weekend, we'd at least do a hike in the city. I've been wanting to go to Marine Park for some time, since I keep reading about birding there in other NYC nature blogs. However, it's a longish ride by public transit, so I hadn't gotten myself organized to get there before now; this weekend we had access to a car.
The Tarpmaster and I went for a bike ride along the Brooklyn shore to Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst, near Coney Island. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not too hot. The kids didn't come with us as they had other activities with friends.
I just heard about a new nature walks group for 5-7 year olds in the Prospect Park area. Organizer Alicia Tait has experience working with children educationally at the New York Botanical Garden and at Studio Creative Play in Park Slope.
NYC Wildflower Week comes back this year for the week of May 8-10. This is a wonderful series of events that bring attention to the city's endangered and vanishing plants and natural environments. This year there will be more than 30 events in all 5 boroughs. Check out the website at nycwildflowerweek.org for more information—coming soon or sign up for the mailing list to get an advance sneak peek.
The spring issue of Outdoors in NYC, the publication that lists parks events citywide, is here. It lists many wonderful weekend outdoor programs including canoeing, family camping, hiking, birding, history and culture tours, fishing, and more—all for free!
The current issue of the Birds and Blooms newsletter has an article that offers a nice overview of urban birding.